The Brewers just finished their first “formal” scrimmage and broadcast of Summer Camp, and man there were some fun moments.
In the last two years, Christian Yelich has endeared himself to Brewers fans in numerous ways. He’s hit massive home runs, he’s hit for cycles, he’s starred in fun movie spoofs, he’s won the MVP award, and he’s signed a massive contract extension. Without a doubt, he’s the fan favorite and face of the franchise.
Just when we thought we couldn’t enjoy having Christian Yelich any more, he was mic’d up for Game 1 of the Brewers Blue-Gold World Series.
While the results of his at-bats weren’t what Yelich wanted, hearing him react in real time was fantastic.
Early on in the scrimmage, the Brewers broadcast team was talking to Yelich about how this series was getting started, and they asked him about the reported trade from earlier in the day sending Yelich from Team Gold to Team Blue.
Crazy, right? What’s even better is his response.
Yelich said, “I told Couns’ and Murph I have a no trade clause.”
Absolutely hilarious response that’s just so perfect for the moment. But that was only one of many great comments through the night from Yelich.
You would think Christian Yelich was as good a hitter as Bob Uecker the way he was talking about himself. The amount of times he said that he sucks right now, was way more than Yelich has probably ever sucked at baseball in his life.
Yelich came up for his first at-bat and the people pumping in the fake crowd noise hit the “Boo” button, and Yelich walked up to a gaggle of boos from the “crowd”. He looked at Omar Narvaez and the umpire behind the plate and asked, “Where am I? Wrigley?”
As his at-bat continued against staff ace Brandon Woodruff, Yelich struggled to find his timing, but four letter words were easy to find.
This is one of the risks of having MLB players mic’d up during games and at-bats. However, this was an internet stream and not TV, so the FCC shouldn’t be bringing too much of a crackdown against him. Yelich did apologize afterwards on the live stream for his foul language.
Still, watching Yelich react to Woodruff’s pitches was so entertaining. He swore at himself after watching a changeup go by him for a strike.
Out there in left field, after he continued to strike out against Woodruff, Yelich continued talking about how much he “sucks right now” and that he’s getting the doors blown off him.
Although Christian Yelich struggling at the plate is something Brewers fans never want to see, this situation can at least bring a smile to us while we wait for the season to start. He still has some time to get his timing down at the plate. Keep in mind, he only faced live pitching for a small handful of at-bats since mid-September 2019. It’s been a very long time, and hitting well requires staying sharp.
Hitting is not as easy as Yelich normally makes it look. Yelich even took the time to remind us about the high failure rate in baseball, saying “Yeah you suck a lot in baseball. All the time.”
Bottom line, baseball needs more mic’d up players on their broadcasts moving forward. The in-game conversations with guys like Yelich and hearing their candid conversations about baseball mid-game are a lot more fun than the usual post-game press conference.
There’s 10 days until Opening Day and Yelich has until then to get his timing figured out, and he most likely will. Baseball season can’t come soon enough.